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'He Can Kiss My Red Ass': California Fire Evacuees Give Trump Visit Short Shrift
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49564"><span class="small">Dani Anguiano, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Monday, 19 November 2018 09:28

Anguiano writes: "As Donald Trump landed in northern California on Saturday morning, hundreds of evacuees at a Walmart in Chico were frantically trying to figure out their next steps."

Trump was criticized for his initial response to the fire and threat to withhold funding. (photo: Guardian UK)
Trump was criticized for his initial response to the fire and threat to withhold funding. (photo: Guardian UK)


'He Can Kiss My Red Ass': California Fire Evacuees Give Trump Visit Short Shrift

By Dani Anguiano, Guardian UK

19 November 18


Hundreds displaced by wildfires who are gathered in a parking lot have more pressing concerns than the president’s comments

s Donald Trump landed in northern California on Saturday morning, hundreds of evacuees at a Walmart in Chico were frantically trying to figure out their next steps – which shelter they would go to, and if they should stay close to what’s left of their homes in the fire-ravaged town of Paradise.

At the giant box store, which has become a refugee camp for those forced to flee their homes when the worst blaze in state history incinerated their town, people ate lunch and packed their belongings and worried about the future.

There was little talk of Trump, even though his motorcade was just miles away.

The president flew by helicopter to the city of Chico to meet first responders and victims after Air Force One arrived at Beale air force base, about an hour’s drive from the devastated town of Paradise.

Trump was criticized for his initial response to the fire and threat to withhold funding, after he tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

When asked about the president’s visit to the area, Kirk Ellsworth, whose adult children lost their homes in the fire, shook his head in disgust.

“My kids lost everything. I voted for him – and now? He can kiss my red ass,” Ellsworth said. “What he said was ridiculous. It hurts my heart. A lot of us voted for him and he [talks] down to us?”

Still, the hope for many evacuees was that Trump’s visit might draw attention to their plight and bring help for those who need it most. Nearly 10,000 homes were lost in the fire, which has killed 71, razed Paradise and caused severe damage to the smaller communities of Magalia and Stirling City.

“The president of the United States to come here and meet the most vulnerable – that’s important whether you’re a Democrat or Republican,” Tammy Mezera said. “[He] has a responsibility to do that.”

Mezera hadn’t given much thought to Trump’s visit, she said. She’s been “frantic” trying to pack up the tent that has been her home since 8 November, when the Camp fire first erupted.

Meanwhile, Ryan Belcher and his wife Casey have been doing the same, preparing to leave Walmart and find a new home for their two children. They hope Trump better understands the struggles of evacuees after seeing the devastation and shows more sympathy.

“We are not the ones to blame. We are not in charge of managing the forest,” Ryan said, frustrated, as he held two toys someone donated for his children.

“I hope he sees how this community has come together,” he added, trailing off as someone asked if he and Casey were fire victims, and handed them gift cards.

”People are still here helping us. it’s an amazing thing and I hope he sees that,” Casey said, wiping away tears.

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+19 # Michaeljohn 2018-11-19 13:10
I heard that Trump was planning to hand out rakes.
 
 
+34 # Wise woman 2018-11-19 13:25
I hope trump can kiss a lot of red asses...goodbye . The cretin hasn't got a sympathetic home in his body. I hope all these folks remember this in 2020. I also hope that these people are long settled in by then in safer circumstances.
 
 
-64 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-19 14:13
Cool game by the left. They take advantage of all crisis today play on fear just like the Right Wing is accused of. Trump was talking about forest management money. Cali has failed greatly on this. They need a better approach. Not funding on disaster relief however. Lying left will game this say it's a direct result of global warming climate change CO2 a complete chicken little and proven to be .. F'n LIE ..
 
 
+15 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-19 21:17
'Trump was talking about forest management money. Cali has failed greatly on this.'

On the 3% of forest for which California is responsible? & whence comes your fake CO2 'lie' information?
 
 
+5 # economagic 2018-11-19 21:29
Loopy-Louuuuuuu !
 
 
+19 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-19 23:58
You are aware of course that the fires started in federal land and that drumpf had previously drastically cut the budget for the kind of activity that would reduce the threat of fire at the wilderness/urba n interface. But knowing that isn't going to stop you from deflecting the blame from your "hero," is it?

Some dippy corporate shill in CA was trying to blame the fires on restrictions on clear cutting. She wasn't bright enough to be able to figure out that loggers don't cut the brush that is responsible for these fires. They cut the big trees and leave behind the limbs that they cut from the trunks to add to the fuel pile. Look at any of the pictures of the Campfire and you will notice that the tall trees are still standing while the ground level vegetation is gone taking houses with it.

And there has never been an EDDI (Evaporative Demand Drought Index) as dry as what CA is presently in. No wonder just a few sparks from a power line were able to set this off. There is no question but global warming is directly responsible for the spread and rapidity of spread that occurred with these fires.
 
 
+15 # DongiC 2018-11-20 01:57
Well, what do you know, another troll spitting out his fire and fury at the liberal left in defense of his buddy, Donald Trump. Hey BK forget your prejudices and learn some science; it might save your life and fortune. Oh, wait a minute, Trumpistas are immune to knowledge. They prefer to bask in insult and ignorance.
 
 
+20 # swamp yankee 2018-11-19 14:33
Oh, good. So all that's needed in order to disenchant die-hard Trumpsters is a devastating personal catastrophe.
 
 
+13 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-19 23:46
Unfortunately there are certain people who only respond to a 2X4 to the head. It would be nice if something a bit gentler would get the same effect, but there are just some people whose blinders are that firmly affixed.
 
 
+15 # elizabethblock 2018-11-19 18:58
Of course Trump cut funding. He has been diverting FEMA money to deportations and incarceration of asylum seekers. Well, what's important?
 
 
+17 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-19 21:11
I guess He thought the California folk didn’t need any paper towels.
 
 
+1 # jcdav 2018-11-27 08:33
Showtime and Dolt45, the heartless prick had to put in an appearance..... all he likely cared about was that he APPEAR and get good press. Remember his "help" for PR?